Graduate recruitment

Summer interns

We offer up to 10 summer positions each year to economics, banking or finance students who usually have one or two years of an Honours or Masters degree left to complete following their internship.

Applications for 2018-2019 summer internships are open 15 January – 12 March 2018.

Go to the Applications section to find out how to apply

 Please note summer positions are only open to students studying at a New Zealand university.

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be majoring in economics, finance, banking, law and/or mathematics. Subjects that are useful to take include macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance, applied econometrics, law and/or mathematics subjects like QUAN (mathematics for economics and finance). 

You will be curious, analytical, a critical thinker and a team player. Strong written and verbal communication skills mean you know how to present your work clearly and concisely. Our graduates are diverse in their backgrounds and interests. This makes for a dynamic team that has plenty of fun.

What to expect

As a summer intern, you’ll work at the Bank over the summer holidays from around mid November until mid February. You will work in one of the following departments during your internship:

Economics Department

If you’re assigned to our Economics Department, you’ll be assisting with analysis and research related to the department’s main functions, including advice on the framework for monetary policy.

Find out more about working in Economics.

Financial Markets Department

If the Financial Markets Department is more your thing, you’ll be working in an area where the Bank's business in the financial markets is conducted.

Find out more about working in Financial Markets.

Prudential Supervision Department

If you're interning in the Prudential Supervision Department, you’ll be involved in monitoring the “health” of New Zealand financial institutions, as well as the country’s financial system.

Find out more about Prudential Supervision Department.

Macro Financial Department

If you’re working in the Macro Financial Department, you’ll be involved in the implementation of macro-prudential policy, as well as assessing the efficiency of New Zealand’s financial system.

Find out more about working in Macro Financial Department.

Our latest summer interns

Find out what our past summer interns worked on during their internships at the Reserve Bank and why they would recommend applying for an internship with us:

Our latest summer interns
Caleb Coffey
Finn Robinson
Prudential Supervision Department
Gregorious Steven
Financial Markets Department
Matthew Brunton
Macro Financial Department
Michael Williams
Tom Bird
Prudential Supervision Department

University visits and the selection process

We’re not your typical central bank; therefore we don’t take a typical approach to recruitment. Instead of the usual campus presentations, we visit universities in March to have an informal chat over coffee.  Don’t be afraid to pick our brains about what it’s like to work at the Reserve Bank or ask any other questions you have.

Following the application closing date, we interview the shortlisted applicants on campus. These interviews usually take place in late March.

Campus Visits Timetable

Our campus recruitment team consists of recent graduates. They visit Auckland University, Waikato University, Victoria University, Canterbury University and Otago University in early March each year. Massey Albany students are invited to attend the campus visit at Auckland University and Lincoln students are invited to attend the campus visit at Canterbury University.


Coffee visit date

Campus interviews

Auckland University
(and Massey Albany)

Monday 5 March 2018

Monday 26 March 2018

Waikato University

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Victoria University

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Canterbury University
(and Lincoln)

Friday 9 March 2018

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Otago University

Friday 9 March 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018


Applications for the 2018 Summer Internship Recruitment Round are open 15 January – 12 March 2018. These are open to students who plan on completing their honours or masters in 2019 or 2020.

Please note we may start considering applications as they are received so encourage you to apply early.

To apply, please submit the following information through our online system by 5pm, Monday 12 March 2018.

  • A completed summer internship application form (PDF 699KB)
    • If you get a message saying that your PDF viewer cannot display the file, download the PDF using the PDF controls in the right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your official academic transcript
  • One recent essay that you have submitted as part of your degree
  • A copy of your work visa or permit (if applicable)

Submit your information via our online system

For further information please contact
Nikki Chalmers
Human Resources Adviser
Reserve Bank of New Zealand